Grants are provided to music teachers for private study, specific college-level course work or other projects that will enhance the performing and teaching skills of the applicant.Teacher Enrichment Grants may be used for private study, college-level course work or special projects in performance, pedagogy, music theory and composition. The grant is not intended to be used to pursue course work toward a degree, for travel funds or for ongoing projects. However, a grant may be approved for one additional year at the discretion of the Teacher Enrichment Grant Evaluation Committee. The number of grants awarded in any year is determined by the number of qualified applicants and available funds.
Below are descriptions of recently awarded projects.
NATS Intern Program Project description: I am currently planning to attend the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program. While I am there I will work with master teachers who will improve my teaching abilities. I would like to add to this education by taking voice lessons myself from the master teachers running this program.
Jazz and Composition Education Project description: I will take private jazz piano and composition lessons.
Certification and Improvement Project description: I will take nine months of private piano and pedagogy instruction from Cheryl Norman, NCTM, to achieve three goals: 1) develop a higher competency at the piano 2) improve my teaching practices and 3) become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Music Theory Education Project description: To complete higher-level music theory online course.
Latin Duet Music Study Project description: Our proposed project is to study Latin and Spanish piano duo and duet music with Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi. We request funding for nine, 90-minute lessons to develop our interpretation of this music, learn some lesser-known works by Latin composers and improve our ensemble.
Golandsky Institute Project description: I would like to study at the Golandsky Institute held at Princeton University during the summer. This week long seminar will help me continue to learn how to facilitate a more well-rounded technique based on healthy playing of the piano. The institute involves hourly sessions on various topics held throughout the day private lessons lectures and master classes on various aspects of technical playing.
MTNA Certification Project description: I want to achieve the MTNA teacher certification.
Piano Workshop Project description: I am interested in attending the third annual USA Piano Workshop at South Alabama University featuring the music of Johannes Brahms and Musical Nationalism of the Romantic Period. The workshop will feature daily lecture/classes master classes 20–25 minute lessons feature presentations and recitals.
Master Class Project description: I would like to attend and perform at the 36th annual Daniel Pollack Northwest Master Class for teachers and students in Seattle, Washington. Pollack is an international concert artist and master teacher whose career has taken him across five continents performing with orchestras and as a soloist.
Latin American Music Study Project description: For Duo Bravura Joyce Li and Beverly Holt Guth to study Latin American music.
Music Training Workshop Project description: I would like to attend the Music Mind Games Unit 1 training at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque from June 3–7 2013.
Advanced-level Training Project description: To study piano and pedagogy with N. Jane Tan in her studio in Gilbert, Arizona, studying the advancing level of the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute (www.wppinstitute.com).
Taubman Approach into Suzuki Piano Pedagogy Project description: I would like to take lessons about the Taubman Approach with Sondra Tammam to find ways to incorporate the Taubman principles into Suzuki Piano pedagogy.
Continuing Education Project description: My proposed project is a 3 credit, 300 level (1 semester) Analyzing Music course at Pacific Lutheran University home of a prestigious music department. This course will take my analyzing skills to a much deeper level than they currently are at.
John O'Conor Master Class Project description: Participation in the John O'Conor Master Class at Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont. (Perform in two master class sessions and one recital.)
Piano Lessons and Mentoring Project description: I would thoroughly enjoy piano lessons and mentoring from Darlene Wolleat, NCTM.
Study of Abbey Whiteside Principle on Piano Playing Project description: Private Study of Abbey Whiteside Principle on Piano Playing with one of Whiteside's pupils Sophia Rosoff.
Baroque Performance Study Project description: To learn and perform all the two-part invention and French Suites of JS Bach in order to use that knowledge and experience to expand my pedagogical ability to teach this and other similar repertoire with extensive knowledge of baroque performance and style.
Technique Private Study Project description: Private study in June 24–October 14, 2013, with Deborah Gandolfo from Kirkland, Washington, to include 8, one-hour lessons covering technique, strategies for learning new pieces quickly, and approaches to improvisation as well as classical literature.
International Keyboard Institute and Festival Project description: I would like to attend the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City during the summer of 2013. I am doing a study of the teaching of Adele Marcus which I hope to present to the 2014 MTNA committee for presentation during the convention [conference].
Advanced-level Pedagogy Study Project description: Pedagogical study of materials at the more advanced levels in the Iowa Music Teachers Syllabus (levels D, E and F).
Golandsky Institute Project description: I am working to obtain Instructor-level Certification in the Taubman Approach from the Golandsky Institute.
Training in Suzuki Piano Project description: I plan to continue my training in Suzuki Piano with Mary Craig Powell in the summer of 2013. I have already trained in Every Child Can and Book 1 and this summer I will be taking Books 2 and 3.
Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers Project description: The Indiana University Retreat for Violin and Viola Teachers is an intensive summer workshop focusing on both pedagogy and performance. The workshop incorporates the philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland and Mimi Zweig. Participants attend lectures demonstrations and observations of master teachers in the Indiana University String Academy.
The Jenny Lind Project: Her Vocal Pedagogy Project description: Utilizing various resources from research including her history vocal treatise of Manuel Garcia along with voice lessons with Arthur Levy a consultation and interview with Dr. David Slavit and an interview with opera manager Peter Randsman the effort is to retrace Lind's steps from the time she lost her voice in her late teens to her vocal recovery and vocal success; to then write up the information for a guide for young singers.